B.C. premier calls on prime minister to ask other provinces to restrict non-essential travel

B.C. Premier John Horgan is calling for a “pan-Canadian” approach to restricting non-essential travel across the country, but he is not asking for the federal government to ban inter-provincial travel.

Horgan is asking Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to push premiers to put in bans on vacation, recreational travel, and travel to visit loved ones.

“We need to make sure that people in Coquitlam are living under the same rules as people in Chicoutimi,” Horgan said.

“I am not requesting the federal government to impose anything on any other jurisdiction in Canada. I am asking the federal government to work with us and other provincial governments to get the message out that if you do not have to travel between jurisdictions you shouldn’t do so.”

British Columbia does not have a ban in place for non-essential travel, but there is an expectation that provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry will ban non-essential travel on Thursday when the province updates restrictions.

Atlantic provinces have created a bubble with varying rules, including cases where non-Atlantic travellers must quarantine for 14 days.

Horgan said he hopes Trudeau raises the concern on a phone call with the premiers on Thursday.

“We need to make sure that those who want to come to British Columbia must only do so if it is essential for their business or well-being. Beyond that we need to stay in our tight social circles,” Horgan said.

“The people of Quebec, Ontario and Manitoba need to know they should stay in Quebec, Ontario and Manitoba until we get to a place where we can distribute a vaccine across the country.”

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